Basketball league announces new team for Summerside

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The Eastern Canadian Basketball League plans to tip off in March. (melis/Shutterstock - image credit)
The Eastern Canadian Basketball League plans to tip off in March. (melis/Shutterstock - image credit)

The Eastern Canadian Basketball League, set to launch its inaugural season in March, will have a team in Summerside, P.E.I.

The league announced the new franchise Wednesday morning at Credit Union Place in Summerside.

"An opportunity to welcome professional basketball back to Summerside and bring yet another live event to our residents and visitors is extremely exciting," said J. P. Desrosiers, director of community services for Summerside.

The team will be called the Summerside Slam and will be the third team for the league, joining the Truro Tide and Saint John Union.

The ECBL announced its intention to establish a new pro league in the Maritimes in February. The league is solely owned by Tim Kendrick, a familiar figure to basketball fans on the Island. He has previously coached the UPEI Panthers and the Island Storm of the NBLC.

The Storm is on a hiatus this year, because all the other franchises in the Maritimes have announced they have either folded or will not play.

That leaves the Slam as the only active pro basketball team on the Island.

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